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Mathematical Plums Hardcover – June, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0883853047 ISBN-10: 0883853043 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mathematical Assn of Amer; First Edition edition (June 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883853043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883853047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
The plums in this collection are juicy, large and sweet. Honsberger has put together a set of mathematical delights written by some of the best expository writers of mathematics. There are ten different chapters and the titles and authors are as follows:

*) "Chromatic Graphs", by H. L. Dorwat and D. T. Finkbeiner

*) "How to Get (at least) a Fair Share of the Cake", by K. R. Rebman

*) Some Remarkable Sequences of Integers", by R. P. Boas

*) "Existence Out Of Chaos", by S. K. Stein

*) "Some Surprises in Probability", by Ross Honsberger

*) "Anomalous Calculation", by R. P. Boas

*) "A Distorted View of Geometry", by G. D. Chakerian

*) "Convergence, Divergence and the Computer", by R. P. Boas

*) "Kepler's Conics", by Ross Honsberger

*) "The Skewes Number", by R. P. Boas

Written at a level that can be understood by the mathematically sophisticated high school student, these essays could also serve as fodder for college courses in mathematical history. If you are teaching a math class where you require your students to write a paper, then this is a good recommendation for quality, understandable source material.
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